“I don’t vote because my vote doesn’t matter.”
It seems like that sometimes, doesn’t it?
But you know what? There are some powerful influences that are trying very hard to create that feeling.
They like it when you don’t vote. They know how to play the game as it is, the game where few people vote. They can control that. They get to win every time.
And so they do all they can to keep the feeling that the everyday person’s vote doesn’t really make any difference.
But here’s the thing.
They wouldn’t know how to deal with a lot of voters.
Sure, one of these current parties will still win. And they may not be all we want them to be.*
But when the voices have grown loud, they will listen.
And through that voice, we can have them turn to be who we want them to be.
I’ve seen it in California, where well heeled and well backed and very moneyed campaigns and referenda have fallen to the power of the pencil.
If you want to scare the living crap out of those in power, there’s one thing to do. Go to the polls in droves, and vote.
If you are a young voter, maybe a first time voter, I (and Rick Mercer!) invite you especially to vote.
It may seem intimidating, but the process of voting is very easy, secure, and empowering.
You will want to be informed, and there is a bit of a ramp-up to get familiar with the parties and the candidates, and to learn about what policies they have implemented, and they are proposing. And some time to think about what effects those policies have.
But it isn’t as long or daunting as those who enjoy their control make it out to be.
Even this late in the campaign, it’s still very doable.
That you’ll examine what they’re doing, and then speak up about it, is what keeps the powers that be up at night.
So let’s claim our voice.
* – Sure, sometimes it can feel like voting for the lesser of three evils, yet, remember that if you don’t vote, and evil wins, then that means you essentially voted for evil.